Heartland Institute

Nicolas Loris

Nicolas Loris


  • Loris has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va and a bachelor's degree in economics, finance, and political science from Albright College in Reading, Pa. [1]


Read time: 14 mins

'Doing the Lord's Work' Heartland Institute Gathers Climate Deniers For America First Energy Conference

Read time: 4 mins

One of the world’s most notorious climate science denial groups — the Heartland Institute — will gather its supporters and fellow ideologues this week for a one-day energy conference in Louisiana.

Aside from the conference’s fanatical devotion to fossil fuels, the line-up includes the usual pushers of junk science who are sure that every major science academy in the world is wrong about the dangers of adding CO2 to the atmosphere.

Gathering at the conference will be “hundreds of state and national elected officials, think tank leaders, and policy analysts.”

Front and center in New Orleans will be Fred Palmer, a veteran coal industry lobbyist who was behind what was probably the very first fossil-fuel funded attacks on the science linking coal burning to dangerous climate change. 

After more than 30 years with the Western Fuels Association and then coal giant Peabody, Palmer now spends his time as a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute. 

Amy Oliver Cooke

Amy Oliver Cooke


  • Master's Degree, American History (United States), University of Northern Colorado (2003). [1]
  • Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia (1985). [2]


Read time: 11 mins

Joe Balash

Joe Balash


  • B.A., Government & Politics, Pacific University Oregon (2001). [1]
  • Duquesne University (1993). [1]


Read time: 7 mins

Benjamin Zycher

Benjamin Zycher


  • Ph.D., economics, University of California, Los Angeles. [1]
  • M.P.P., public policy, University of California, Berkeley.  [1]
  • A.B., political science, University of California, Los Angeles. [1]


Read time: 27 mins

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law (now Antonin Scalia Law School). [1]
  • M.A., International Commerce and Policy, George Mason University. [1]
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia. [1]


Read time: 18 mins

Tim Benson

Tim Benson


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in history at the University of Florida. [1]


Tim Benson has been a policy analyst at the Heartland Institute's “Government Relationship Department” since September 2015. [1]

Read time: 17 mins

Paul Blair

Paul Blair


  • The George Washington University. [1]


Read time: 9 mins

Fake Grassroots Campaigns Deserve Uprooting

Read time: 4 mins
Patch of astroturf on real grass

AstroTurf looks and feels like grass—in an all-too-perfect way. But it’s not grass.

Now the well-known artificial turf’s brand name has taken on a new meaning, referring to purported “grassroots” efforts that are actually funded and supported by industry and political entities.

From Donald Trump to Theresa May: How a US-UK Network Pushes Climate Science Denial and Lobbies for a Hard Brexit — Mapped

Read time: 7 mins
Network map of US-UK climate science deniers

Donald Trump has finally come to the UK, 20 months after he won the election to make him the 45th President of the United States.

During that time, a trans-Atlantic network of business people, think tank analysts, and lobbyists have grown in influence — pushing a free market ideology and spreading climate science denial on both sides of the Atlantic.

DeSmog UK first mapped the network when Trump was sworn into office in January 2017. Things have moved on a bit since then.


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